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 Posted: Thu May 10th, 2012 05:41 pm
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latest estimates have the ANV still with 50,000 men all the way up to Five Forks.

of course, the replacements were no longer new recruits but were drawn from other areas (along with their commanders), leaving skeleton forces behind.

Hence the Virginia theatre had a plethora of high-ranking generals (Beauregard and Breckenridge to name a couple) by the end of the war.

through the war the south were able to keep the ranks filled while their perimeter was ever-shrinking.

The US had the opposite problem - more and more territory and coastline to occupy while working with fewer and fewer veteran troops.

there are interesting parallels to world war 2 - veteran units were almost completely filled with replacements by the end of the war...

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